Friends Help Keep the Art of Creative Writing Alive
Byline: Pat Merrill
With the advent of mass computer communication and increased concern about illiteracy in our country, it has been suggested that creative writing is becoming a lost art.
The Friends of the Warren-Newport Public Library plan to debunk that theory and are offering monetary backing to prove it. Their fourth annual creative writing contest has been announced.
Jan Marsh, public information coordinator for the library, expects a large number of participants. She said the first contest had only 30 entries, but interest has increased each year and the contest has become quite popular.
The two writing categories, short story and poetry, are broken into four age groups: grades three through five; grades six through eight; high school; and adult. The prizes of $25, $15 and $10 will be awarded in each of the eight divisions, for a total of 24 winners. The prize money is provided through projects sponsored by the Friends, a volunteer group interested in promoting our library and its programs.
Friends' past president, Lillian Johnson, has been involved in conducting the contest since its inception and is excited about the progress over the last three years. …